In a video promoting its March for
Marriage, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) incorrectly
claims that a majority of Americans oppose gay marriage.
NOM, the nation's most vociferous
opponent of marriage equality, is organizing a March 26 rally in
Washington to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the Defense of
Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8, California's 2008
voter-approved constitutional amendment limiting marriage to
In a 3-minute video released Thursday,
the group also states that it's on “the right side of history,” a
mantra used by advocates of equal marriage rights.
“The talking heads on TV will try to
make you believe that most Americans are in favor of same-sex
marriage and that it's inevitable,” a male narrator states. “The
reality is that the majority of Americans want marriage to stay
between a man and a woman. When people have the chance to vote on
redefining marriage, the overwhelming majority voted to keep it the
way it's always been in our country: Between a man and a woman.”
“Will you join us on March 26?
Republicans and Democrats and people from all races and creeds will
march hand in hand to protect our kids by defending marriage.”
“This is your chance to be on the
right side of history. Our freedom depends on it,” the narrator
adds. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit
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Surveys over the past 18 months have
shown a majority of Americans support extending marriage rights to
gay couples. During the last election cycle, voters in three states
legalized such unions and Minnesotans became the first to reject an
amendment seeking to exclude gay couples from marriage.